Update: The Place on the Square and Art Room Gallery closed in early 2018. Now new owners have reopened the building as Kingston Square Arts. There is still a large contingency of nature art on display and for sale, but it’s not a vintage shop. Look for lots of pottery!
Here’s the old/original post: I’m going to tell you about a sensory feast for nature art lovers in northwest Arkansas …
There is an art gallery in Kingston, Arkansas called The Artroom Gallery. It’s nestled deep within the Ozark Mountains and is a hidden treasure trove of local craftsmen and artists.
If you’re going to Ponca or Boxley by way of Highway 21 from 412, you’ll pass right by it. If you came to Ponca from Jasper or Clarksville, or from any other route, it’s not far to take a scenic drive north to Kingston.
The Artroom Gallery is inside of Tina’s Place on the Square. Stop in at the big white antique/vintage store on the square in Kingston and mosey on back to the far end of the store. That’s where you’ll have your breath taken away by the works you’ll find within.
If you live anywhere near northwest Arkansas and you enjoy nature art, see this gallery. Lots of talented artists here in these hills! Not all of the works are nature art, but many are of plants, landscapes, and nature.
The gallery is curated by Kate Nessler, a world-renowned botanical artist.
I only have one print in the gallery. It’s my “American Ginseng in May” drawing. But in the corner near the entryway to the gallery, you’ll find my corner of other works.
Some Wild Ozark Forest Folk are there, my books, and a few other nature-art-type items.
Going forward, I’ll be focusing on sketching the companion plants of a ginseng habitat. I already have wild ginger sketched and will be adding blue and black cohosh, bloodroot, goldenseal, jack-in-the-pulpit, spikenard, mayapple, rattlesnake fern and maybe some others.
In addition, I’ll continue creating more varities of nature art. My favorite are the Forest Folk, and I’ve started working with the native clay from our land to make a variety of things to go on them. Instead of acorns for heads, some will now have wood-fired clay. One will have sculpted arms in the natural terra-cotta color of the fired clay.